Why I’m trekking across Peru
The 15th Century Incan citadel of Machu Picchu has long been on my list of ‘things to do’, but finding the time and opportunity to do so has always been tricky. So I have to say I was rather pleased when I was first approached with the idea that Amnesty UK and Amnesty Ireland would co-host a trek to Machu Picchu involving Amnesty supporters and members from across both our countries.
I have officially signed up and will be looking forward to kicking off my fundraising and taking on some light training over the next few months.
The itinerary for the Machu Picchu Trek involves an 11-day trip with over four days of tough walking at over 3,800 meters. Once we get there, we will get to enjoy Machu Picchu over two days, taking in one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites. Then towards the end of the trip we’ll be spending a day with our colleagues from Amnesty International Peru in Cusco, finding out more and getting involved with their work.
Along with all the participants who have already signed up, I am particularly looking forward to meeting our colleagues in Peru and experiencing their work first hand.
I recently met Marina Navarro, Director of Amnesty Peru, who told me about the incredible difference they have made through their Empowerment, Education and Justice Project, a programme that helps local communities educate each other on their human rights. I have also seen the success of their recent work relating to lobbying the Peruvian government into passing a law establishing a register for the thousands of women who suffered enforced sterilisation in the 1990s.
With a staff of 14 and 966 truly passionate members, I am truly in awe of everything Amnesty International Peru have achieved and continue to achieve.
We fly out on 18 May 2017, and the trek is open to anyone who wants to take part. Signing up involves raising money towards Amnesty UK’s work and there are various fundraising options you can choose.
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